Francisco Rodriguez

Quarantine Drawings #140

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Year 2020
Medium Pencil on paper
Dimensions 29 x 21 cm

About the work

During last year as a result of months in lockdown I created a series of drawings called Quarantine Drawings. I made around 150 drawings on paper, every piece inspired from previous memories and experiences. This series became a lockdown diary, a group of drawings that unconsciously reflected the nostalgic, and confined mood of those days.

About the artist:

Born 1989 Santiago, Francisco Rodriguez lives and works in London. Graduated from BA Fine Art at Universidad de Chile (2012), and MFA Painting at Slade School of Fine Art (2018).

Rodriguez’s work focuses mainly on painting and drawing on canvas and paper. The characters and scenes he paints seek to depict the spirit of our time by exploring, for instance, topics of loneliness, alienation, and violence. These characters, despite coming from personal sensations and experiences can become universal by materialising them through painting. Thus, painting as a medium enables him to explore topics, which although embedded on his experience, making them highly personal, through the language of painting can become universal.

Selected solo exhibitions include Cuaderno Canario, Galeria Leyendecker, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (2020); In the night we believe, Chapter Gallery, Cardiff (2020); Midday Demon, Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles (2019); The Burning Plain, Cooke Latham Gallery, London (2018); and Utopías y desvelos, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago (2018). Selected group exhibitions include Gran Sur: Contemporary Chilean Art in the Engel Collection, Sala Alcalá 31, Madrid (2020); Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018, South London Gallery, London (2018); and Colección MAC: Post 90, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago (2017).

Awards include Robert Walters UK Young Artist of the Year Award (2019); Barto dos Santos Memorial Award (2018); and selection to be part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2018).

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